The Exeter Township Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services has received recognition from the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council as part of the EMS for Children "Prepared for Pediatrics" program. The department had applied for recognition at the "Master" level earlier this year, and received official notice today that the recognition has been approved.
The Prepared for Pediatrics program is a multi-phase recognition identifying EMS agencies that have established programs and standards to improve their capabilities to deliver care to children in emergencies. As part of the voluntary recognition, the Exeter Township Fire Department equipped all of its ambulances with additional pediatric-specific emergency equipment over and above what is required for a standard ambulance. Additionally, all EMS staff members are required to complete four hours of pediatric related continuing education each year, maintain certification in pediatric CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and facilitate education, injury prevention, and community outreach focused on children.
"When a child is injured or ill, it can be very stressful for the family that has called 911" said Firefighter/EMT Kurt Reinert, the ETFD's Pediatric Program Coordinator. "The extra training, knowledge, and equipment we have obtained as part of this program will hopefully help relieve some of their anxiety - knowing that our staff are well prepared to care for their child."
The Exeter Township Fire Department EMS is one of only sixty-one EMS agencies in Pennsylvania that have achieved the "Master" level recognition, and one of only two in Berks County that have received recognition through the program.
We are very proud of our EMS staff as they receive this recognition, and are happy to let the community know we are "Prepared for Pediatrics!"
FF/EMT Kurt Reinert affixes the
"Prepared for Pediatrics" recognition
decal to Medic 3
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